Creamy Lemon Rice Recipe
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Creamy Lemon Rice Recipe

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This bright rice dish has a creamy texture that's reminiscent of a lemon risotto, but without all the fuss. Keep this one in your back pocket for hosting dinner guests—or a great side any old day! —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, BC
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 246 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 806mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Stir with a whisk to blend.
  2. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in basil. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Lemon Rice in Simple & Delicious February/March 2017

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jessicadidion User ID: 5048007 264012
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"I LOVE THIS RICE!! This is a super easy recipe with on-hand ingredients."

kyle1987 User ID: 1583898 261604
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"Was tasty. Husband isn't a rice fan but liked this. It took longer to asorb the liquid than the recipe called for."

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